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How to Come to Life!


How to come to Life? An Acting Exercise

Actors are not supposed to look wooden and stiff on stage. But what if you are made of wood??

Pinocchio was made of wood and came to life. Here is a great pantomime that helps you feel each part of your body from head to toes. Think of this game as an “actor’s warm-up” to help you learn exactly how each part of your body feels and moves. (http://www.childdrama.com/warmups.html.)

One person from your group should read this script aloud:

Right now you’re made completely of wood. Your arms and legs are carved from a single piece of wood. You can’t move any part of yourself at all.

Now the magic spell has begun. It begins at the top of your head. The spell moves down slowly until your head down to your eyebrows is flesh and blood. Try and move your eyebrows.

The spell keeps moving down. Now you can move your eyes! All your life you’ve been staring straight ahead, and now you can look to the sides.

The spell gets to your ears and your nose. See if you can wiggle them.

The spell gets to your mouth. You can smile. It feels strange at first, and probably looks pretty strange too, but you grow more comfortable with it. Try some other facial expressions as well.

Slowly you discover that you can turn your head. Careful! You can look up and down carefully as well. Look! You have feet! This is the first time you were ever sure.

The spell reaches your shoulders. But remember, your arms and hands are still attached to your torso, since you are carved from a single piece of wood, so you can move ONLY your shoulders. Try some circles. Do you feel a tingle up and down your spine? That’s the magic working.

The spell reaches your chest. You can puff it out like a soldier.

Your elbows can move now, but still not your hands. As the spell goes lower, see if you can pull your left hand away from your body. Ooofff! You did it.

Bring your hand up to your face and study it. See if you can move the fingers. Wow! You’ve never seen anything so beautiful!

See if you can get your right hand free as well. Does it move too?

The spell has reached your waist. Carefully bend forward, to the side. See if you bend backwards. See if you can make a circle.

The spell reaches your hips, but your knees are still locked together and your feet are still attached to your pedestal.

The spell gets to your knees. See if they bend!

Reach down and see if you can pull your left foot free. Ooofff! Point the toe. Flex the foot. Make little circles.

Now see if you can get your right foot free.

You’re all real now! See how you can move. Careful at first–these are your first steps! Let’s find all the ways our new bodies move!

An actor or dancer uses the body, face and voice to tell stories. This actors’ game may help you “play” your instrument!



Now that you’ve come to life, Pinocchio, let’s teach you how to lie! Oops, did I say that???? It’s crazy, but knowing how to lie comes pretty naturally! Each person has their own style.


Let’s just pretend. Think about an actor learning to lie. Pair off with another person and practice lying to that person, convincing them of something that IS NOT TRUE. This often happens in plays so it is a good skill to have as an actor.

Now have two people in your group do a scene. The rest of the group will sit in the audience and watch. The actors will have to make this lie believable to you, the members of the audience. (For a different twist: have members of the audience each write down a lie and hand it to the actors to perform. Don’t try to embarrass people, but make your actors work!!!)

Take turns and improvise: the crazier your story, the better your show! Become a better liar ACTOR this summer! Remember to look alive!

Let’s Play Ball!

Are you a fan of baseball? Do you play Little League? Maybe you just like a well told story. If any of these describe you, keep reading to learn about two new books that you won’t want to miss.

The Way Home Looks Now Book JacketThe first is called The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. This book tells the story of Peter Lee and his family, who have always shared a love of baseball, but who are struggling with a recent tragedy. Peter’s older brother has been killed in a car crash and Peter’s mom is paralyzed by grief. Hoping to lift his mom’s spirits, Peter decides to try out for Little League, but things don’t go exactly as planned. There are so many kids who want to play that they need a second coach and Peter’s strict and serious father volunteers. Before long, Peter starts to wonder if playing baseball was such a good idea and if it really could make his mom feel better. (From publisher’s description.)

Let Me PlayPeter’s story takes place in 1972, which is the year that a very important law was passed in the United States. This law was known as Title IX and prohibited gender based discrimination in education, but also provided increased opportunities for women and girls to play and excel at sports. To learn more about Title IX and the opportunities in sports it provided, check out the book, Let Me Play by Karen Blumenthal.

The second new book was written by Mo’ne Davis with Hilary Beard. This book tells the story of Mo’ne’s experiences playing Little League.

Mo'ne DavisIn August 2014, Mo’ne Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and a month later she earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She was thirteen years old.

This inspiring memoir from a girl who learned to play baseball with the boys and rose to national stardom before beginning eighth grade will encourage young readers to reach for their dreams no matter the odds. Mo’ne’s story is one of determination, hard work, and an incredible fastball. Mo’ne is a multisport athlete who also plays basketball and soccer and is an honor-roll student at her school in Philadelphia.
(From publisher’s description.)

Five Very Beautiful Kids Voices. Enjoy!

Jokes on us!

Hey kids!

Here are some joke gems from your trusty library staff and Kid Power Kids, courtesy of the San Lorenzo Library!

Kid Power Kid #1 (from Space Jokes):

Earthling: We put a man on the moon in 1969.

Alien: That’s nothing! We’re sending a team to the sun.

Earthling: You’re crazy! They’ll be burned up before they even get close.

Alien: We already thought of a way to avoid that. We’re sending them up at night!

you planet

Kid Power Kid #2 (also from Space Jokes):

Question: How did the rocket lose its job?

Answer: It got fired.


Jesse’s Joke:

Question: What did the pioneer say to his son before being stampeded on the range?

Answer: Bye son!

bye son

Brandon’s Knock-knock Joke:

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Interrupting cow.

Interrupting cow w—


interrupting cow

Jesus’ Joke:

Question: Why did the booger cross the road?

Answer: Because it was being picked on!


Jesus’ SECOND joke:

Question: Why can’t you play cards in the jungle?

Answer: Because there’s too many cheetahs!


Have a great weekend!

Crafty Thursday

craft-clip-art-610973 Make it yourself! Did you know you could design your very own craft kit, and keep all your supplies and materials together and easy to find? Well, you can!

Plastic supply bins with lids don’t cost much – or you might already have one around the house. Gather up all the things you use for making crafts and put them all in the storage bin! You can also put storage bina smaller bin in the larger bin to separate out your tools from your materials. Bring them out, create to your heart’s content — then you have an easy job of cleaning up. You’ll feel better not having to search for all your stuff and the adults in your house will feel a whole lot better that you’re being responsible for your mess stuff!

What can you keep in your kit? What do you like to use? You can design something just for you and include all the things you want:

  • crayons
  • pencils
  • art-supplies-pens
  • glue and glue sticks
  • scissors and craft knives
  • tape
  • paper
  • toilet paper and paper towel tubes
  • small boxes and jars
  • glitter
  • stickers
  • beads, string, wire, beading tools
  • yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles

free-sewing-craft-clip-art-147479If you have more than one hobby, keep the materials in different boxes. You can work on one project while the other things are tucked neatly away.

Add things as you think of them; and you can always tell quickly when you are running low and need to replace something. Have fun! And there’s something surprising about being organized: it feels good!

Funny Food


It’s not very often that you hear about funny food, but why not?  We all need more reasons to laugh and funny food is a great reason!  Or maybe you’re struggling to get some healthy food into your little one.  Either way, funny food is fun and delicious.  Here are some fun ideas:

BroccoliPoodles fun_food_for_kids fun-food-edible-crafts-for-kids play-with-your-food sesame-street-fruit

Little Peanut magazine has some other fun ideas:


Here’s a great recipe for the summer!


Hot Air Balloon

The basket is a graham cracker, ropes are string cheese thinly cut, balloon circle is made from a banana cut in half lengthwise and made to look like a circle, interior is strawberries and celery. The clouds are cottage cheese and the people are carrots with raisins cut into fourths!

This snack really allows the fruits and veggies to be the star!


Basket: cheese, peanut butter sandwich, ham,

Balloon interior: grapes, raspberries, blueberries, orange slices, any fruit or veggie that fits!

Retrieved from:  http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24897/kids-menu


Need something to read with that funny lunch?  Here are some special picks to go with your meal.

Cool sandwich food art : easy recipes that make food fun to eat!  by  Nancy Tuminelly

Presents recipes using easy-to-follow instructions for making creative sandwich art, including a peanut butter and jelly flower, a grilled cheese bug, and a caterpillar wrap.


Eye candy : crafting cool candy creations / by Dana Meachen Rau

Yum, yum candy fun!

Jacket (1)

National Geographic kids cookbook : a year-round fun food adventure by Barton Seaver

For each month of the year discover recipes for fun, new dishes and twists on old favorites, weird-but-true food facts, profiles on “foodie ” people, plus activities and challenges you can do by yourself or with friends

cook book

Day Out With Thomas!!!

Attention!  Attention!! Attention!!!  If you are a Thomas the Tank Engine fan, you don’t want to miss this:

Thomas the Tank Engine for The Celebration Tour 2015 is coming through the Big Trees for a limited time this summer.

You will get your once in a life time opportunity to have a train ride with Thomas, take picture with Sir Topham Hatt, and participate many more fun activities …

Mark your calendar, and beg your grow-ups.    They are not far away just in Felton which is very close to the Santa Cruz area.

Click here for more information.


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